To be successful; be received with approval, gratitude, etc: She made a hit with my family(1829+)
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Idioms and Phrases with make a hit
make a hit
Also,be a hit. Achieve (or be) a success, especially a popular one, as in She made a big hit in this performance, or In out-of-town tryouts the play was already a hit. This seemingly modern term, which transfers the literal meaning of hit as “a stroke or blow,” has been around since the early 1800s. It was used then, as now, for theatrical performances, books, songs, and the like
In underworld slang, commit a murder, as in Known for his deadly accuracy, he was about to make his third hit. This usage also has been extended to such terms ashit list, a roster of persons to be killed, andhit man, a killer who is usually hired by someone else.
[ Second half of 1900s